Directed by David Fincher and based on the 1996 film of the same name, Fight Club revolves around an unnamed narrator suffering from amnesia, who is discontented with his life until he meets a soap maker named Tyler Durden, whom he forms a friendship with. Both men start a fight club and the narrator gets embroiled in a relationship woman named Marla Singer. However, everything is not what it seems, as the narrator finds out the group is out of control and after a major revelation, he realizes there is only one way out.
Looks like we’re going to break the first two rules of Fight Club. Over the last twenty years, Fight Club has been considered to be one of the most controversial and talked-about movies of all time and developed a cult following. It received polarizing reviews at the time and was a box-office failure, but soon found commercial success thanks to its DVD sales and the movie’s themes managed to remain relevant even today.
Fight Club remains David Fincher’s finest work in his impressive filmography, as he’s able to adapt certain aspects of the novel while keeping the themes intact, while showcasing the effects of toxic masculinity and consumerism in our society. The cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth is wonderful and the editing helps compliment the story. The score by The Dust Brothers is one of the most iconic soundtracks in cinema, as it features many memorable tracks, such as “Who is Tyler Durden?” and “Jack’s Smirking Revenge”. The screenplay manages to remain faithful to the source material and it features some of the most quotable lines in cinema history.
Edward Norton delivers an exceptional performance as the Narrator, as he is able to convey a sense of desperation and paranoia to his character and it’s easily one of his best performances in his career. Brad Pitt is iconic as Tyler Durden and his chemistry with Norton is superb, as both actors manage to play off each other. He also delivers awesome quotes throughout the film and never manages to outstay his welcome. Helena Bonham Carter manages to charm as Marla Singer and supporting actors, such as Meat Loaf (RIP) and Jared Leto were also good in their roles.
Overall, there’s a reason why Fight Club is still talked about years after its release. The film had become a stable in pop culture, thanks to its memorable quotes and its depiction of mayhem, chaos, propaganda and toxic masculinity in our society. While it’s still considered to be one of the most controversial movies during the time of its release, Fight Club‘s impact is undeniable and it still remains relevant by today’s standards.